There's growing demand for lower maintenance properties
We are looking at Wellington’s future housing needs to make sure there is:
- enough good quality housing - we will need about 21,400 additional homes by 2043
- a range of housing types that meet Wellingtonians' changing needs and preferences, such as aging in place, lower maintenance properties, and smaller households.
- good access to town centres and public transport
- high quality local facilities, shops and services.
The Council has a responsibility to give the community what it needs and to make it possible for a variety of housing types to be developed. To achieve this, we are proposing to encourage more medium-density housing to be built in areas that can support high-quality developments.
To make sure these areas continue to be suitable for more housing, the Council is also running a town centre planning programme. This will involve the local communities and identify important local issues as well as opportunities for change. It will provide a vision for the town centre and an action plan to achieve this vision.
Successful medium-density development criteria
Several Wellington suburbs (Newlands, Tawa, Khandallah, Karori and Island Bay) have the important criteria that support successful medium-density housing development. These are:
- a town centre with shopping, services and local employment
- good access to public transport networks
- room for new residential development
- good access to community facilities, schools and open spaces
- commercially viable options for developers to produce residential developments at an affordable price.